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Georgia A. Donovan

Georgia A. Donovan       “beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother”

SHINGLEHOUSE, PA---Georgia A. Donovan, 88, of Shinglehouse, passed away on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, after a brief illness.
     Born June 21, 1924 in Susquehanna, she was a daughter of George and Gladys Skinner Colwell.  On December 25, 1948 in Susquehanna, she married Reuben W. Donovan, who passed away on July 17, 1991.
     Mrs. Donovan was a graduate of Susquehanna High School and in 1946 graduated from Mansfield Teachers College with a Bachelor’s degree in education.  She later earned her Master’s degree in education from St. Bonaventure University.  
     Mrs. Donovan was a teacher at the Shinglehouse/Oswayo Valley Schools for her entire teaching career, retiring in 1984.  She received the Teacher of the Year award.
     She was a very active member of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, having been a Sunday school teacher and a member of the Mary Martha’s group of the church.   She was a member of Eureka Chapter #52 Order of the Eastern Star in Shinglehouse, a member of the Oswayo Valley Historical Society, and a member of the D.A.R.  She was a past board member of the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library in Shinglehouse, where she volunteered for many years.  Mrs. Donovan, along with her husband, was an antique car enthusiast. She enjoyed gardening, taking pictures of her loved ones, and quilting, having made a quilt for all of her children and grandchildren.  She most especially loved spending time with her family.
     Surviving are two daughters, Diane E. (Fay) Schoonover of Ceres and Jeanie M. Donovan of Hixson, Tennessee; two sons, George R. (Loretta) Donovan and Michael J. (Brenda) Donovan, both of Shinglehouse; fourteen grandchildren, Brent (Jamie) Schoonover, Brady (Tracy) Schoonover, Brandon (Jaime) Schoonover, Brooke (Walt) Keim, Britton (Shannon) Schoonover, Sarah Donovan, Emily Donovan, Lauren Donovan, Greg Donovan, Reuben Donovan, Georgia Donovan, Hailee Wilson, Jillian Maurer and Joey Maurer; fifteen great-grandchildren, Jessica Schoonover, Dylan Schoonover, Elizabeth Schoonover, Meghan Wilber, Morgan Schoonover, Maddison Schoonover, Elayna Keim, Sierra Keim, Hailey Keim,  Zander Keim, Parker Keim, Skyler Carlson, Sheldon Carlson, Alexa Schoonover, and Sienna Schoonover;  two  sisters, Janet (Ernie) Young of Cuyler, NY and Mary Jane Kissell of East Vestal, NY; three brothers, Jacob (Betty) Colwell of Alma, NY, Jesse Colwell of Susquehanna, and John (Beryl) Colwell of Vienna, Virginia; a brother-in-law, Richard (Grace) Donovan of Olean; and many nieces and nephews.
     In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Donovan was predeceased by a son, Jerry L. Donovan; and a grandson, Bryant J. Schoonover.
     Friends may call from 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm on Friday at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse.  Funeral services will be held at 11 am on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, North Lincoln Street, Shinglehouse, with the Rev. Randall W. Headley, pastor of the Port Allegany United Methodist Charge, officiating.  Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.
    Members of Eureka Chapter #52 O.E.S. will conduct a memorial service at 8:30pm on Friday evening in the funeral home.
     In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, PO Box 296, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.


My thoughts and prayers are with the Donovan family. I am sad for your loss. Mrs. Donovan was a great teacher and I will always have fond memories of her.

Gina Shall Feb 25 2013 12:00 AM

I was very sad to see where Georgia Passed. I am very sorry for your loss, I only knew her for a short time, but saw her pure sweet spirit. It was nice to meet her family and to have the privilege to take care of her. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. Judy

Judy Palumbo Feb 23 2013 12:00 AM

When I was in elementary school, fourth grade I think, I was struggling in school.  Around that time, one beautiful fall weekend afternoon, I attended a family gathering at the Colwell farmhouse. I remember hiking in the woods with Aunt Georgia. She lovingly taught me about plants growing on the mountainside and encouraged me to take samples to my teacher and tell her what each one was and what I had learned. She suggested that I might earn extra credit through doing this. I remember feeling very warm and loved, feelings associated with all of my visits with Aunt Georgia.  I wished she was my teacher. I know now that she was a teacher to all of us who knew and loved her and that her generous, loving and gentle ways have touched the lives of many across generations and will continue to do so.

Deepest sympathies to all who are grieving her loss.

Katie Tise Feb 23 2013 12:00 AM

Jeanie & family, love lives on! I am very happy I had the opportunity to meet your mommy! Sending you love. Edith & Giles

Edith Pena Harper Feb 22 2013 12:00 AM

Sending prayers & heartfelt condolences to Georgia's family.  My Family and I were blessed with knowing Georgia as I grew up thru my Grandfather Robert Taylor.  She was a sweet, wonderful woman.

Angela (Taylor) Shipman and Family Feb 22 2013 12:00 AM

My sincere condolences go out to Georgia's family.  I had her as a teacher and Sunday School Teacher and she was a wonderful teacher and great lady and I know she will be greatly missed.  My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Donna (Hanks) Holly Feb 21 2013 12:00 AM

We are so very sorry for your loss. Truely, Heaven has received an Angel. Mrs Donovan has left behind a legacy which includes her family, friends and her love of her church and God. We will miss her very much and she will never be forgotten.  You all are in our thoughts and Prayers.

Dave and Kathy Garrity Feb 21 2013 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. Donovan. My sincere condolences to her family. Besides having had her as a teacher years ago, I appreciate her close friendship over the years with my parents, Jack and Maurine Estes.

Stuart Estes Feb 21 2013 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy to the family Mrs. Donovan.  May God give you all the strength during this difficult time; and may you all find comfort from his promises (Isaiah 33:24, John 5:28,29).

Nadia Feb 21 2013 12:00 AM

The Oswayo Valley has lost a truly great woman.  So sorry for your loss.

Jane Surra Feb 21 2013 12:00 AM

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